International football goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes Eintracht Frankfurt have a physical advantage ahead of their clash with FC Barcelona.

Frankfurt am Main (SID) – National football goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes Eintracht Frankfurt have at least a physical advantage ahead of their clash with FC Barcelona. “Basically we know that they are physically stronger than us, that’s just the way it is. I think they are one of the physically strongest teams in the Bundesliga,” the Barca goalkeeper said in an RTL/ntv interview ahead of Thursday’s (9pm/RTL) Europa League quarter-final first leg.

Ter Stegen has turned the corner with Barcelona after a mediocre start to the season, and the Catalans have been unbeaten in the league since the beginning of December. This is also thanks to coach and club icon Xavi, he said. “It’s like Xavi also has this certain presence to explain to us what we have to do and has carried people along from minute one,” the goalkeeper said.

Ter Stegen moved to Spain from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2014. In the meantime, Barcelona has become his new home, he said. “I feel at home here. When I say I fly home, I actually mean Barcelona. Home is always where the family is. We feel totally at home here – plus we have a good perspective over the next few years to be successful. That is the goal of me and the club,” he said.